The first step is often the hardest, and I certainly faced a steep slope.
My initial goal was to start publishing videos in September, but I pushed it back a few times. My perfectionist side certainly didn’t help, as I’ve ended up spending a ton more time than I should have researching/buying/configuring audio/video gear and lights.
This preparation phase was actually necessary for me to get past the “shame” of publishing something I considered too “amateur”. In reality, it was a form of procrastination that I need to fight against. I certainly could have recorded my first video using my phone and hit the publish button much sooner.
But what I did, even though much slower also let me learn a lot more about the whole video production process. I’ve learned the basics of video editing with Adobe Premiere, learned a ton about audio/video recording, how to properly light the room, etc
There’s still a lot more to learn, but I now know enough to repeat the process and waste much less time for the next videos. What I love about doing this is that I get to learn a ton of new things, and it’s always giving me so much energy!
This month, I’ve lost a lot of momentum on Twitter as I’ve been inactive. It annoys me, but I had to make choices between my personal life and work. And sometimes it’s really important to prioritize life over work :)
The Obsidian Starter Kit
is still doing really well. In total, I’ve now sold 275 copies, generating ~$4.8K. Quite cool for a small experiment! In the coming month, my goal is to produce video content to enhance the kit with videos covering all aspects and providing more “hands-on” examples. My plan is to make the videos an optional buy for those interested in getting more and wasting even less time to get started with note-taking, PKM, and Obsidian.
I’ve started cross-posting my newsletter on LinkedIn
and was quite surprised to see that I already have ~240 subscribers over there! I think that LinkedIn is valuable for reach.
This month, I’ve maintained the same revenue as the last few months: ~$800, all income sources put together (apart from my revenue as an employee and freelancer). I’m glad it stays stable for such a long period of time, but I want to add more income sources to improve the status quo. I’m also amazed that I still make ~$100 per month through Medium’s partner program, even though I’ve published so few articles